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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-28-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON The Lincoln Public Library offered a class in the creation of duct tape flowered pens on Tuesday morning. The course was taught by Adult Librarian ROBIN NYZIO. Nyzio, right, helps SUZANNE COTE, of Lincoln, with her project. See more photos on page 18. Staff payouts under scrutiny Mutter looks to make changes CUMBERLAND – A series of eight payouts totaling some $65,000 to departing town employees in January is drawing a close inspec- tion from new Mayor Jeff Mutter and his team. Mutter, who brought the pay- ments to the Town Council for a closed-door discussion last Wednesday, Feb. 20, now says he believes nearly all of the payments were done legally and were follow- ing traditional practice. The one still in question is a payment to for- mer Town Solicitor Tom Hefner of $6,159 for severance, vacation time and personal time. Mutter said he noticed a number of line items that were "significantly ahead of where they should have been" when he took office Jan. 6. The way it works in Cumberland, said Mutter, is that vacation time By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PAYOUTS, Page 8 Get some sleep Suggested CHS start time is 8 a.m. or later CUMBERLAND – A spending plan from the Cumberland School Department would invest some $260,000 in giving local high school students extra time to sleep. The proposed change to a later start time in the next school year would have extensive benefits, say school officials. Supt. Bob Mitchell, at a special summit on school spending pro- jections between town and school officials last Wednesday, Feb. 20, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SLEEP, Page 14 LINCOLN – When John Gregory started at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in 1992, he'd never run an organization. Back then, he had a staff of 12 and no access to the internet. Today, that staff is four and inter- net has revolutionized what the Chamber is able to offer. Gregory, who today is one of the most respected minds in Rhode Island business, has announced that he'll retire this year after working with the business com- munity in the northern part of the state for 27 years, longer than he'd ever imagined when he started out. No official retirement date has been set yet. "Just helping has been the best part about the job," said Gregory, describ- ing the many businesses he's assisted in getting off the ground and suc- ceeding. "Just being there to help and guide has been the coolest thing." Gregory, who turns 70 in November, is planning an "orderly departure" as he helps a search com- mittee to find his replacement, an appointment he says will be impor- tant to the future of this advocacy group. Gregory says he's worked closely with dozens of mayors and town Gregory ending successful run with Northern R.I. Chamber By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GREGORY See GREGORY, Page 13 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 6, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 www.cumberlandkitchen.com R.I. Reg. # 41460 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Thinking of Selling Your Home? Results are important! 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